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Week 4: Tips for Rule of Thirds

The "rule of thirds" is a composition technique used in photography to create visually pleasing and balanced images. Here's three tips for this composition.

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The "rule of thirds" is a composition technique used in photography to create visually pleasing and balanced images. It is based on the idea that an image can be divided into nine equal parts, with important elements placed along the lines or at the intersections of those parts.

Here are three tips to help you use the rule of thirds in your photography:

  1. Position your subject along the lines or at the intersections of the grid. This will create a more dynamic image and draw the viewer's eye to the main subject of the photo. For example, if you're taking a portrait, position the subject's eyes along one of the horizontal lines.
  2. Use negative space to create a sense of balance in your image. Negative space is the area around and between the main subject and elements in your photo. By placing your subject off-center and using the negative space to balance the composition, you can create a more interesting image.
  3. Think about how the different elements in your image relate to each other. The rule of thirds is a guide, not a hard and fast rule. By considering the relationship between the different elements in your image, you can create a more dynamic and visually interesting composition.
Sea Plane landing, composed for the lower right third
Sea Plane landing, composed for the lower right third

Overall, the rule of thirds is a simple but powerful technique that can help you create more visually pleasing and dynamic images. Keep these tips in mind when you're out shooting, and you'll be on your way to composing great photographs.

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